Shani Rhys James | This Inconstant State
Connaught Brown presents an exhibition of new paintings by the celebrated Welsh artist Shani Rhys James that challenge the cyclical and relentless passage of life. In this latest body of work Rhys James continues to explore the transience of being; contrasting her early iconic painting of a child’s cot (for which she earned the Jerwood Prize in 2003) with startling images of the female figure ravaged by decay.
Regarded as one of the most important artists of her generation, Rhys James' fourth solo show at the gallery marks her return to London following her residency and exhibition at Columbia University, New York in 2015.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by Jo Mazelis, Jerwood award winning novelist, poet, photographer and Fellow of The Royal Literary Fund.
During the evening Shani Rhys James and Anna McNay will give an introduction to the exhibition.
Anna McNay is the Assistant Editor at Art Quarterly as well as an acclaimed freelance writer for RA Magazine, Elephant, the Mail on Sunday and the Guardian.